I started a new job at the beginning of August and so much of my job is writing, that it's hard to be super motivated to write once I get home. But I am going to do a better job of writing more often and having more meaningful posts. That is my new goal!
This summer went by way too fast! I remember back at the beginning of June, kind of dreading the summer. I pictured kids who slept in all morning, stayed in their PJ's until 4 p.m., sibling arguments, and me trying desperately to get them to do their chores. Plus it is hard to work from home when my kids are there. I even counted how many weeks we had to persevere (11, by the way.) I thrive on structure, and even though I do love many aspects of summer, the lack of structure scared me.
We had a great summer, though! The first two months were a riot! The kids did a pretty good job on getting their stuff done and we did a lot of fun things, even though we didn't make it to a single neighborhood field trip this year.
Here are a few things that happened in the summer of 2011:
Before my cousin, Janey, got married, she had a girl's weekend in St. George. My Aunt Nancy is always so generous to let us use her vacation home. The funny part of this weekend was that I felt so old! I am the oldest girl cousin and my youngest cousins are 16. So we had the "young" group that were under 30, and then we had the "old" group, who were over 30. Sadly, my sister Tami and I, were in the older group with my two aunts. LOL!
We had fun eating out...
Swimming and hanging out by the pool...
And doing facials...
Thanks to my aunts and cousins for such a fun weekend! I had such a good time!!
This summer Caleb's second mom, Marianne, took more pictures of him than I did. (I need to get a camera that I like.) Caleb had a ball spending as much time as possible with his friend, Rhett.
Such cute, cute boys!
Speaking of cute boys...
Matt did the Burley Spudman Triathlon again this year. We look forward to our annual overnight stay in the booming metropolis of Burley, Idaho. This year we brought Caleb along. We had fun eating dinner with our friends, the Isoms, and hanging out with friends from Matt's work.
I'm so proud of my hubby for working so hard to stay in shape! A special thanks to his friends, Sean, Todd, and Adam, who are such good exercise influences on him!
Speaking of good influences...
Aubree had a great summer hanging out with her friends. Between baking all kinds of yummy treats, swimming in all kinds of pools, and making all kinds of crafts, Aubree had one heck of a fun summer!
The end of the school year brought recitals of all kinds. Here is Caleb at his piano recital, with his teacher, Connie Bell.
Tyler attended the school awards assembly dressed in Matt's old Madrigals tux, and dark sunglasses. He got exactly the reaction from the crowd that he was hoping for!
Aubree performed in the school's orchestra concert...
She also performed in Grandma Julie's studio recital, along with the three boys...
Here's Tyler again in that old tux... (Matt, we are getting your money's worth out of that bad boy!)
Marcus was a finalist in his school's talent show. He had fun playing a Sonatina on the piano. (And scaring small children everywhere with this face!)
Aubree enjoyed performing at Kingsbury Hall for her dance recital. She was in a modern class and a ballet pointe class.
As for me, I enjoyed playing with the kids, going to Snowbird with my whole family for a week (a separate post on that to come), and being involved in city politics.
This cracks me up... I'm not sure why, but I had a photo of a city council meeting on my computer and had to post it. I was actively involved in reporting on things in my city, especially during budget hearings. At the end of the summer, the Mayor hired me to do the PR for the city. It works out well because I only work 30 hours per week while my kids are at school.
GOOD BYE, SUMMER!